Getting UnStuck

I grew up in Minneapolis, MN. Minnesota winters are bad. Just imagine walking outside in the middle of January with - 15 degrees and 3 feet of snow. I had to learn how to successfully drive in snow and ice sto...

Adding Humility to our Teaching

I remember sitting in my first week of theology classes as an undergrad at Biola University. I was hearing many new terms such as propitiation, infallibility and incarnation, but the concepts were familiar. I...

Big Numbers Or Small Groups?

Big Numbers Or Small Groups? Do You Really Have To Choose? If I can pinpoint the determining factor of why I am where I am today I can point it back to my small group experience. When I was in high school, sma...

Dear New Youth Worker

I hear the slight crack in your voice as you stand on stage and bravely introduce yourself. I know it is scary. The eager faces of the congregation are both encouraging and terrifying, as you brace yourself for...

Do You Have a Gender Bias?

Whether we realize it or not, most of us have a gender bias about very practical issues which we think are limited to one gender. Let’s look at four examples from youth ministry. Accountability Many times, a...

6 Truths to Remember During Hard Times

The great theologian The Dread Pirate Roberts said, "Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something." We've all gone through difficult times, and unexpected difficulties still await ...

2017 Themes

We're excited to announce our 2017 themes for YouthWorker Journal! YouthWorker Journal publishes a monthly digital magazine, and a quarterly print magazine. We also publish fresh content weekly over at the Yout...

Using Scripture with Integrity

“Do you ever worry about looking at so many different passages in Scripture without any context?” asked one of my adult leaders after our youth ministry finished its discussion. Her question was valid, esp...

Should you Brand your Youth Ministry?

Branding youth ministries is not a new idea. Gone are the days of using a piece of clipart and a strange acronyms, like the phone tree and the disposable camera.  Youth ministry has evolved, and branding is ...